On September 17, member campus Defiance College hosted their annual Constitution Day celebration, a national celebration of the U.S. Constitution and the document’s continuing application in student’s lives. Defiance’s Constitution Day encouraged students to be excited to vote and educated them on their roles and responsibilities as U.S. citizens. Defiance used the day to urge students to take action by registering to vote and to take time to think through the issues and candidates.
The day’s federal-themed festivities included two members of The Defiance County Board of Elections who came on campus to register students to vote. Campus organizations with tables constituted a large part of the educational celebration, connecting students to resources. DC Pride (the campus LGBTQ support program) offered discussion on the legalization of gay marriage. The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTICA) showcased their twitter campaign. The campus library showed students how to fact check candidate statements. The Student Senate asked students to match interesting facts to their proper candidate. A history class created and administered a Constitution quiz. The most popular table of the day offered the candidate quiz “I Side With”, an online quiz that helps match beliefs to a particular candidate. Students were lined up to take the quiz, and tallied their candidate answer on a whiteboard beside the table. Constitution Day at Defiance prompted civic engagement and was a step towards defying trends of low college-age voting turnouts.
Written by Ava Carvour, OCC VISTA Leader
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